Stewart Christie #65, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters

Pro Tour Series: Beautiful Mind

We all covet to win; we all want to see the world from the top podium position; we all want to be winners.

I am the last person to give advice to a man like Tony Klem (the Devil #13), when he jokingly asked my advice on how to win a race. Sometimes standing next to the race track or even sitting under the proverbial tree, a light bulb moment can change the course of history, or in this case knock one second of a rider’s lap time. On the other hand though, there is no substitute for practice and experience.

Stewart Macleod has been racing for a very long time and has proven time and again during this season that experience can be used to your advantage. However, when talking to Pieter de Vos, he would tell you that your mind-set, riding style and division of the track into smaller strategic sections is the winning formulae—just add experience and Pieter might have a point.

I have my own winning formulae besides the obvious... All things start with the mind; all things end with the mind.

In the Kawasaki Masters camp at the Phakisa Freeway pit complex, you will find the ZX10R family. Although smaller groups are formed within the 25 odd member group, they still operate as a team—off-track that is. The friendly atmosphere does not last long; out on the race track the family members become fierce competitors for 10 laps, each one of them trying to meet the goals set for the day. Afterwards the tranquil atmosphere returns, like lions and antelope next to the same watering hole.

What makes one man better than the other?

We are shaped over time to conform to certain standards; the conditioning of the world takes place around us. If a shark can’t climb a tree like a monkey, does it make him a lesser sentient being?

JB Schoeman—or any of the other masters for that matter—will never be able to show that yellow number 46 of Rossi the back of his number 23 Kawasaki, but we all know that in no way does Rossi enjoy himself on the track, like JB.

The Kawasaki Masters are a unique combination of good, better and best; add healthy competition and sportsmanship and you have a winning combination.

Accept for Kyle Robinson #18 coming off his Kawasaki ZX10R on lap four of race one, the races were accident free. Mac Attack took first place in both races with a fastest lap time in race one of 01:40.954, followed by Pieter de Vos #17 and Brian Bontekoning #16. Race two saw Tony Klem #13 robbing Joe Shearer #66 of a consecutive fourth spot.

At the Kroonvaal 1 Stop on the way home, Martine and I shared thoughts on the weekend over a Wimpy mega coffee; across from us a few Kyalami Marshalls were doing the same.

Watching Sid Farinha, Raymond Keel and Kobus le Roux come and go through the electronic doors it suddenly dawned on me that the weekend was gone forever.

We are all from different worlds. On Fridays and Saturdays we come together to share in the same things, talk about the same things, exchange ideas on ultra-quick Kawasaki ZX10R superbikes and compete with one another, but everything that comes together in the present must at some or other point, part in the future. Round seven of the Pro Tour series had come to an end. •

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Pro Tour Series, Phakisa Freeway, South African Motorsport, 2012/09/08, 60 images) Main Image: Stewart Christie #65, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters.